Friday, February 15, 2008

Mississippi: Request

Mississippi Governor Gov. Haley Barbour (R) has been asked to grant a pardon to a man who murdered his ex-wife with a shotgun in 1989. Michael David Graham was driving in his car with a 12-gauge shotgun at the time of the murder. He pulled it alongside that of his ex-wife's and the blast went through her car window and hit her in the left temple. Just two days earlier, she had filed a complaint against him for threatening and stalking her. After the shooting, Graham calmly drove to the offices of his divorce attorney where he was convinced to turn himself in. District Attorney Tony Lawrence says a pardon would be wrong, "If he were to be released from murder and not serve a life sentence, (the) family would be harmed all over again. He deserves to have the full effect of the punishment carried out." See full story here and here.

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